Sponder House, Byron Bay
WINNER BEST HOUSE 2013
Australian Institute of Architects NSW Country Division
The Sponder House sits against a small hill covered with native heath and has views over Byron Bay. The heath is the most important feature of the site and the house responds to this by forming around a courtyard which opens out to the native vegetation. The house is a series of terraced platforms for living extending from inside to outside. It opens to the outside in a variety of spots to follow the sun or escape the rain. The clients wanted a series of indoor/outdoor spaces that the house would then surround. There are plenty of spaces for the family of five to retreat to while having the feeling of being surrounded by nature.